Stone’s lawyer calls the summons a ‘fishing operation’
Republican political adviser and former Nixon and Trump campaign adviser roger stone Said through his lawyer on Tuesday that he is invoking his Fifth Amendment rights and refusing to testify before the House Jan. 6 commission.
“In response to a recent summons from the Select Committee, Mr. Stone has directed me to advise you that, as discussed below, in accordance with the powers granted to him by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, he shall be deposed.” refuse to have or produce the document,” Stone Attorney Grant J. Smith wrote to the committee.
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The letter states that there is “no question”. fifth amendment Stone “a constitutional right to refuse to answer the question”.
Smith said the select committee’s demand for the documents is “excessive” and concluded that the request is “too broad to be deemed anything other than a fishing expedition.”
“Furthermore, responding to widespread requests requires the preparation of a detailed index and log describing the contents of production, which in itself would be protected from disclosure by the US Constitution,” the letter continued. “Thus given that Mr. Stone has been portrayed in the press as under investigation by the DOJ and the FBI, in response to the document’s demand, which apparently to obtain information about the existence of potentially substandard evidence designed, would be a testimonial act, defeating the privilege being granted.”
The letter also stated that the committee’s goal of investigating the events leading up to the January 6 riots “misinterpreted the exercise of First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association, and of petitioning the government for redress of grievances”. Right to cause illegal acts January 6th.”
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Stone was one of five new witnesses recently summoned by the Mississippi Democratic Ask. Benny Thompson committee, as announced by the panel believes that he “Have helped or had information in planning and financing rallies in D.C. and the violent attack on the US Capitol.”
“I had a feeling. I had an intuition that I just didn’t want to go through. I thought God was giving me a sign, I didn’t,” Stone said, as he said on the ellipses. Take a look at Trump’s speech. Tucked away at the Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Stone said, “Let me be as clear as I can. Any claim, or claim, or implication that I either knew of or that I was involved in the illegal activities of Capital on January 6th, is clearly false. “
“But if you read their summons… they are trying to say that my remarks at the legally permitted rallies two days ago caused a break-in.”
Reuters informed of Earlier this year the Federal Bureau of Investigation found that there was “little evidence” of an organized conspiracy to raid the Capitol.
“Ninety to ninety percent of these are one-off cases,” a former senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters. “Then you could have five percent of these militia groups, which were more closely organized. But with Roger Stone and Alex Jones and all these guys there was no grand plan to attack the Capitol and take hostages.”
Rep. Thompson said that when the summons for Stone was announced he believed Stone had “helped or had knowledge of planning and financing” the January 6 unrest.
Thompson said, “We believe the witnesses we summoned today have relevant information, and we expect them to cooperate fully in our effort to find answers to the American people about the January 6 violence.” will do.”
Stone’s decision to make a fifth request comes the same week that former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows said Committee he will not cooperate further with them.
Granthshala News’ Charles Kritz contributed to this report